Players’ Association ‘disappointed’ with latest CBA proposal
Major League Baseball and the Players Association (MLB) met on Saturday for another round of collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations, with the final session taking place less than a week before the opening of spring training camps. in Arizona and Florida.
Two days before the parties meet in New York, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred outlined the areas the league would present in what he considered a “good faith” proposal.
Manfred added that the intention was to “move the process forward” as time is running out to prevent spring training and potentially the 2022 regular season from being delayed.
However, MLB’s counter-offer to the MLBPA was not well received, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic:
Major League Baseball presented what it considered a comprehensive proposal to players on Saturday, covering both economic and non-economic issues. Union officials were disappointed, seeing the moves as light, but also retaining some elements of the proposals that players had previously been concerned about.
It’s unclear when the union will draft its own response to the 130-page CBA proposal it received. The first numbers to come are an announcement from MLB that spring training will not start later this week as scheduled.
Manfred previously estimated it would take about five days for a new CBA to be ratified in order for spring training camps to open.
Manfred: MLB, MLBPA in agreement on key topics
Also during his speech at the end of owners’ meetings in Orlando, Manfred indicated that the league and players’ association were aligned on the issues of implementing a universal designated hitter, creating a draft lottery system, minimum wage increase and bonus pool for pre-arbitration. players.
However, MLB and MLBPA remain at odds on many details. Chief among them being the union demanding a minimum wage of $775,000 and a bonus pool of $100 million for pre-arbitration players.
MLB in its latest offer has countered a minimum of $630,000 and a bonus pool of $15 million respectively.
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